Archive for August, 2013

“When China Rules the World, the end of the western world and the birth of a new global order (second edition)” by Martin Jacques (2012)

August 30, 2013

Book Review by Philip Warwick, GlobalEd – International Affairs in Higher Education

Martin Jacques, who holds academic posts at the London School of Economics and Tsinghua Universtiy in Beijing, as well as being a former journalist and founder of the left leaning Demos think-tank has produced a fascinating book about how the world’s political and economic power has been shifting in the early twenty-first century and what is likely to happen next.

Check:
http://globaleduc.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/book-review-when-china-rules-the-world-the-end-of-the-western-world-and-the-birth-of-a-new-global-order-second-edition-by-martin-jacques-2012/

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

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EU Commission study: Open access to academic papers reaches tipping point

August 26, 2013

By Carmen Paun, University World News
Open access reaches tipping point in sciences – Study

More academic papers are now available for free than in paid-for peer-reviewed journals in many scientific fields, according to a study released last Wednesday by the European Commission’s directorate general for research and innovation.

“This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free,” the commission said in a statement.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130823125333764

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

CHINA focus in The Wall Street Journal

August 23, 2013

Eight Questions to Professor Steven Feldman in connection with release of his latest book: “Trouble in the Middle”, by Qi Liyan and Josh Chin, China Real Time – The Wall Street Journal:

Doing business in China means doing business with the Chinese government. And as followers of the Chinese government probe into drug maker GlaxoSmithKline are well aware, that basic fact can have grave implications for foreign companies operating in the world’s second-largest economy.

Navigating the significant – and sometimes dangerous – differences between Western and Chinese business culture is the focus of “Trouble in the Middle,” the very well-timed new book by Steven Feldman, professor of business ethics at Case Western Reserve University.

Check:

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/08/01/eight-questions-steven-feldman-trouble-in-the-middle/

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

INSEAD Knowledge: Increase Revenues with CSR

August 21, 2013

By David Rönnegard, INSEAD Senior Research Fellow

Maintaining good community relationships is part of the firm’s licence to operate in the modern business environment. But CSR is also capable of increasing revenues for your company.

In recent years a lot has been said of the strategic virtues of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in terms of its contributions to cost savings and risk management. This connection between CSR and corporate strategy is easy to understand.

For example, less wasteful use of resources saves money and the environment, while greater concern for employee welfare can reduce employee turnover costs. On the risk management side, reputation is a key factor where customer misgivings about corporate conduct can lead to reduced revenue streams or even boycotts.

This is fairly straightforward. But how can corporations move past such management of costs and risks to actually increasing their revenues with strategic CSR?

Check:
http://knowledge.insead.edu/csr/social-entrepreneurship/increase-revenues-with-csr-2572?utm_source=INSEAD+Knowledge&utm_campaign=645ec16e9a-14_August_Newsletter8_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e079141ebb-645ec16e9a-249976169

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

Few surprises in 2013 Shanghai ranking of universities

August 18, 2013

By Karen MacGregor, University World News

Extracts from article:

The United States held steady in the just-published Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, dominating global higher education with 17 universities in the top 20 and 149 in the top 500 – one fewer than last year.

Some institutions swapped places in the top 20 but they were all still there except for the University of Tokyo, which slipped a place to make way for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich.

By region, Europe had 202 universities in the top 500, the Americas 182, Asia-Oceania 112 and Africa four.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130816150251456
http://www.shanghairanking.com/index.html

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

INSEAD Knowledge: The World’s Most Innovative Countries – The Global Innovation Index 2013

August 15, 2013

By Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD European Competitiveness Initiative & co-author, Global Innovation Index Report with Chris Howells, Deputy Editor.

NSEAD-WIPO-Cornell University rank 142 countries on their innovation capabilities. Sixth annual index reshuffles the top ten and shows gap widening between rich and poor countries.

The top 25 countries may be the same – albeit in a different order from past years – but this year’s Global Innovation Index, produced by INSEAD, WIPO and Cornell University shows there is no short-cut to successful innovation: it takes continued development of talent, sustained investment, institutional support… and the right mindset.

Top Ten 2013 Ranking:

1-Switzerland (Number 1 in 2012)
2-Sweden (2)
3-United Kingdom (5)
4-Netherlands (6)
5-United States of America (10)
6-Finland (4)
7-Hong Kong (China) (8)
8-Singapore (3)
9-Denmark (7)
10-Ireland (9)

Check:
http://knowledge.insead.edu/innovation/the-worlds-most-innovative-countries-the-global-innovation-index-2013-2525

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

Opening a ‘black box’ to link HE, research, innovation

August 11, 2013

By Karen MacGregor, University World News

A new paradigm began emerging around higher education, research, innovation and development assistance at an experts meeting hosted by the OECD and France’s Institute of Research for Development. Higher education researchers, science policy experts and development agencies came together to build bridges between them.

The meeting culminated the OECD’s Project on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development – IHERD – which aimed to increase knowledge and understanding of policy and management instruments in higher education, research and innovation, so that developing countries could better plan, produce and use research for development.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130811090746419:
http://www.oecd.org/sti/iherd-marseille-expert-meeting.htm
http://www.oecd.org/sti/innovationhighereducationandresearchfordevelopmentiherd.htm

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013

Do some have an overly idealistic view of internationalisation?

August 8, 2013

By Hans de Wit, professor of internationalisation of higher Education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – statement in University World News

Most international educators have a very positive feeling about the contribution their work will make to students’ personal and professional development, and to peace and mutual understanding in the world.

They are driven by their enthusiasm and by the opportunities that European programmes such as Erasmus+ and other scholarship schemes offer. For them, international education is not only a job but an ideal.

There is in nothing wrong with this approach. It gives people an enthusiastic and positive drive, and students and staff they work with can benefit from this.

But I have noticed in recent projects I am involved with in different parts of the world – such as in the United Kingdom, Romania and Colombia – that sometimes this idealism creates unrealistic expectations and risks. Some examples follow – check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130717165936884

Povl Tiedemann
August 2013